The Secret Garden
12/17/2022 8:00 PM to 9:00 PM
CL Critic Kevin C. Madigan Recommends: Frances Hodgson Burnett’s novel first appeared in 1911 and was adapted into musical form in the 1980s by playwright Marsha Norman, known as the author of ‘Night, Mother for which she won a Pulitzer Prize. The music was penned by the late Lucy Simon — older sister of singer Carly Simon — and the show ran on Broadway for more than 700 performances starting in 1991. Set in the early 20th century, the chief protagonist is Mary Lennox, a young English orphan raised in India during the British Raj who is sent to live in the Yorkshire Moors with a cantankerous uncle named Archibald whom she barely knows. Aided by spirits from her past, Mary finds solace in a neglected garden that she brings back to life, enhancing her own existence in the process. Its producers call the piece “a compelling tale of forgiveness and renewal.” — KCM
From the venue:
This enchanting classic of children's literature is reimagined in brilliant musical style by composer Lucy Simon and Marsha Norman, the Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright of 'Night Mother.
Orphaned in India, 11-year-old Mary Lennox returns to Yorkshire to live with her embittered, reclusive uncle Archibald and his disabled son Colin. The estate's many wonders include a magic garden which beckons the children with haunting melodies and the "Dreamers," spirits from Mary's past who guide her through her new life, dramatizing The Secret Garden's compelling tale of forgiveness and renewal
At Jennie T. Anderson Theater at Cobb Civic Center